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The two major subcategories of landscaping are softscape and hardscape, wherein hardscape involves utilization of landscaping's inanimate elements such as woodwork or masonry work, concrete, stone, brick, and metal. The landscape work that is often done by a professional landscaper or one undertakes to focus on these materials is referred to as  hardscaping or hardscape project. When it comes to hardscape projects, some of the examples include stone walkways, gravel paths, stone landscape steps, stone retaining walls, concrete patios, brick walls, brick patios, flagstone patios, tile patios, wrought-iron fences, wooden fences, wooden decks, wooden arbors, wooden gazebos, or wooden pergolas or masonry. 

While it is true that hardscape is commonly reserved for structures or materials used in building landscape structures, the other inanimate elements used in hardscaping include garden gnomes, ceramic pots, and tacky pink flamingos. Likewise, stone fountains, ceramic fountains, clay pot fountains, inexpensive DIY fountains, and other water features are also considered hardscape elements. In small yards, the pool parts of these water structures are usually consisting of rigid plastic liners or pre-formed liners. A flexible rubber liner is suitable for larger properties for shaping your pond according to your own style and design. The best way to marry softscape with hardscape is growing plants in or around water features such as using water garden plants in a small pond. Hardscpeat http://greendiamondlandscape.com/lawn-services/irrigation/ can be challenging and downright grueling, so it is important to choose a perfect timing when weather is at most favorable, usually in spring, fall, or during the least-warm time of the summer season. While it is true that you can DIY a hardscape project, it is still best to hire a landscape contractor so you won't need to hire a heavy-equipment or tools, and you can ensure safety especially if the work involves lifting heavy stones, operating a power saw, cutting trees, and others. 

 

It is important to differentiate between softscape from a hardscape wherein softscape involves utilization of horticultural components such as flowers, shrubs, trees, and groundcovers. the definition of a well-designed landscape is having a balance between softscaping and hardscaping at http://greendiamondlandscape.com/about-us/. Always remember that too much hardscape may compromise the curb appeal of your home, and too much softscape elements may look like a jungle. It is best to always aim to strike balance between hardscaping and softscaping because an  overwhelming softscape cries to be weeded and pruned, and an overwhelming hardscape is not soothing and relaxing. For your Salisbury lawn maintenance, irrigation and hardscaping needs, feel free to check our website or homepage for more details. We can be your ultimate partner in making sure that your landscape is properly maintained, with balance and harmony of softscape and hardscape elements.